Central Library Development Reports

The people of Regina place tremendous value on the library system, and they see the Central Library as a vital public institution that is important to the city’s future.

This was one of the primary findings in a report submitted to the Regina Public Library Board of Directors by DIALOG, a consulting firm contracted to gather public input on the future of the Central Library. The report was received by the RPL Board of Directors at its regular public meeting on Tuesday, March 24.

“We’re pleased to receive DIALOG’s final report on the opinions and ideas of Regina citizens,” Darryl Lucke, Chair of the RPL Board of Directors, said. “Approximately 2,000 people from across the city of Regina provided input into the DIALOG engagement process, which provides us with an excellent cross-section of opinions about the Central Library and the community’s needs for the future.”

The report is the outcome of work completed by DIALOG from June through September of 2014, when it engaged Regina citizens and asked them to provide input on the future of the Central Library.


A second report regarding an assessment of the Central Library building was also received yesterday by the Board. That report, submitted by Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd., offers short-, medium- and long-term strategies for maintenance, repair and building systems replacement.


“Both reports will help inform the Board’s decision making about the future of the Central Library building,” Lucke said. “We know something needs to be done with the Central Library, and these reports will help us determine exactly what our next steps should be.”

A decision regarding the Central Library will be made by the RPL Board in the months ahead. 

RPL P3 Canada Fund: Round Three Application Now Available

Regina Public Library's P3 Canada Fund: Round Three Application is now available.

The Regina Public Library's Central Branch has been a major public institution and service centre for Reginans for over 100 years. As a legislated resource centre for the province's public library systems, it has also been serving a provincial role for decades.
The need for the project is based on two key components:
  (a) the poor condition of the current facility, and
  (b) need for more and a different kind of space to meet the needs of Reginans now and in the future.
Check the Documents section regularly to see more information regarding the Central Library Development project.

New Document Now Available

A new report has been made available and can be found in the Documents section.  

This report was originally prepared in 2009 and has been updated to reflect the master Program prepared by 
Resource Planning Group. The report consists of a facility analysis by P3A as Architects, JC Kenyon Engineering- 
Structural, MacPherson Engineering- Mechanical, Ritenburg and Associates- Electrical, Resource Planning Group- 
Library Programming and Functionality. The report reflects the requirements of the Regina Public Library from a 
technical and functional perspective and reviews issues related to building re-use.

Read the full report here.


Leader Post: "Regina Public Library trying to get a read on public's opinion"

By Pamela Cowan, Leader-Post November 28, 2012 9:08 AM

The Regina Public Library board will be seeking the public's input about the next chapter in the life of Central Library.

"We'll be doing community consultations through some surveys and some other methods to try and determine what people are wanting," said board chair Darlene Hincks.

In the coming weeks, she expects work will be done on surveys - some to be posted on the library's website, others done via phone.  

Click here to read the full article on the Leader Post's website.


RPL Development Feasibility Report Now Available

Central Library is the main hub of Regina Public Library, which is one of the most used public libraries in the country.  RPL consistently ranks as one of Canada's top large urban public libraries.

The Regina Public Library/Regina Cultural Centre Feasibility Report created by P3 Architecture and Harvard Developments can be viewed by clicking on the Documents section.  This document includes information about the need for a new Central Library, the overall vision of the project and proposed design information.